Takeout Containers (Aluminum)

Put in Container Recycling

Aluminum takeout trays belong under the blue lid of a split recycling cart or in a larger cart or bin labeled “Containers Only.” If possible, please scrape and rinse first. If food or grease remain, fold or crush the tray so the food residue is contained within. This will help keep your recycling bin clean and make the aluminum easier to recycle.

If the tray had an un-coated paper lid, the lid can be composted and belongs in the organics.

Paper lids that have a silver or waxy coating cannot be recycled and belong in the garbage. 

Plastic lids are typically made from #6 plastic and also belong in the garbage.

Ways to Reduce


Bring Your Own To-Go Container

When dining out, bring a reusable to-go container so that you can bring leftovers home sustainably.

Reusable Packaging For Businesses

Check out Upstream’s catalog of reusable packaging and unpackaging innovators that provide ways for consumers to obtain products, mostly food and beverages, in returnable, reusable, or refillable packaging – or they deliver products to consumers unpackaged altogether.

Ways to Reuse


Wash and Reuse

Avoid throwing away aluminum containers after one use. Wash and reuse them for cooking, baking and storing leftovers as much as you can.

Repurpose Aluminum Containers

Aluminum containers can be repurposed to store crafting materials or garage items. They can also be used as a tray or saucer to catch water from household plants.

Did You Know?

The Preferred Takeout Container

Out of all the types of takeout containers — aluminum, cardboard, wax-lined paperboard, plastic and foam — aluminum is the easiest for recycling plants to recycle, while foam is the most difficult.